EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The Alberta government wants to hold opioid manufacturers and wholesalers responsible for costs associated with the addiction crisis.
The Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act was introduced in the legislature Thursday which would have Alberta join B.C.’s proposed lawsuit.
B.C.’s proposal will create a national class-action lawsuit to have drug companies pay for healthcare costs.
Proud to move first reading of Bill 28, the Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act. Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for unlawful actions of manufacturers and distributors. https://t.co/GjIh7xvRsj pic.twitter.com/GmeiDuo5nf
— Tyler Shandro (@shandro) November 21, 2019
Alberta’s legislation is similar and would see companies pay back any of the costs spent by the province, no matter when they were incurred.
It comes as the province spends $140 million to increase treatment options. Health Minister Tyler Shandro said an average of two Albertans die every day from opioid-related overdoses.
He adds the province shouldn’t be shouldering all of these costs, and the lawsuit will hold companies responsible for their wrongdoing.
With files from CityNews